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Pair’s marathon efforts raise £2,200
9:40am Friday 15th June 2012 in News
A mother and daughter are thanking Wharfedale Observer and Ilkley Gazette readers who helped them raise more than £2,200 for charity.
Candy Gable and her daughter Jemma, who both live in Guiseley, appealed to our readers to support them in their efforts to raise money for the St John Ambulance charity.
The two women, who were each sponsored to run in a marathon, said they wanted to thank readers for their generous donations.
The mother and daughter completed their marathons in almost identical times – with Jemma running the London Marathon in 5 hours 10 minutes, and Candy running the Edinburgh Marathon in 5 hours 13 minutes.
Between them they have raised more than £2,200, of which £2,000 is to go to St John Ambulance, with the rest going to local charities.
Jemma, a nurse, has been coached by her mum, who has taken part in the London Marathon three times before.
Before the run, Jemma said on her Just Giving webpage: “We are running for an amazing charity – St John Ambulance – which each year teaches people first aid so that they can use their new skills to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.
“More than 800,000 people were taught first aid skills by St John Ambulance last year. Thousands of the people trained then went on to work in the heart of our communities as St John Volunteers to provide first aid at public events and to be Community First Aid Responders, who attend emergency calls and provide care until the ambulance arrives.
“The volunteers also provide patient transport and help back-up ambulance services during local major emergencies.
“One day you, or a close family member, could need the help of one of the St John Ambulance volunteers, or be trained by them yourself to learn first aid.”